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Visitation rights for grandparents

As a grandparent, you can feel love for your grandchildren to the same extent as if they were your own children. However, because you are not their parents directly, you do not automatically have custody over them. This can cause problems when you believe that the parents of your grandchildren are unfit, or when they are preventing you from being able to see your grandchildren.

What are my rights as a grandparent in Pennsylvania?

If you are a grandparent in Pennsylvania that is struggling to successfully visit your grandchildren, it can be a frustrating and heartbreaking situation to be in. You may even find yourself fearing for their welfare or safety, feeling powerless to do anything.

Grandparents' right hinge on the children's best interests

Grandparents may want visitation rights after a couple including one of their children gets divorced. They hope that their grandchildren will still be a big part of their lives, and they don't want to lose that connection.

3 key facts about grandparents' rights in Pennsylvania

When it comes to grandparents' rights, the states are allowed to set their own laws and regulations. This can lead to a lot of confusion when people move between states and assume that the statutes are going to be the same. They may be similar, but they're typically not identical.

What a lawyer can do to help Philadelphia grandparents


Many grandparents have close relationships with their grandchildren. In many situations, grandparents babysit their grandchildren regularly or at least see them frequently. And, in some cases, a grandparent may even step in and take over for the parent as the child's caregiver.

Constitutional considerations could affect grandparents' rights


Not too long ago, we described the criteria that Pennsylvania courts use to determine grandparents' rights to custody of their grandchildren. Philadelphia County grandparents may wonder if there are other legal considerations that could impact their rights with respect to their grandchildren. There is a U.S. Supreme Court case that dealt with the relationship between grandparents' rights and parents' rights. This blog post will give a 10,000 foot view of this Supreme Court decision.

What is the criteria for grandparents' rights to child custody?


It is not uncommon for Philadelphia grandparents to seek custody rights to their grandchildren. They will have a variety of reasons for doing this including maintaining a strong relationship with grandchildren, serving the best interest of the child, focusing on the child's needs, and more. It is important that the grandparents and others involved in a disagreement about custody to know what the law says about when a grandparent can seek legal or physical custody.

Grandparents' rights may be a struggle


There are many obstacles in front of grandparents' rights and those seeking physical custody of their grandchildren. Pennsylvania courts have long recognized parents' fundamental constitutional right to raise their children as they believe is appropriate and without the involvement of anyone else.

State Supreme Court limits grandparents' rights


In Pennsylvania, grandparents' rights to custody and visitation of their grandchildren are specific and limited. The state Supreme Court, in a recent decision, further undercut these rights when it ruled that part of the state's grandparent visitation law was unconstitutional. In D.P. v. G.D.P., the Court struck down the provision that gave grandparents the legal ability to sue for custody merely because the children's parents were separated for at least six months.

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